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Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea 

Les mondes engloutis (original title)
Long ago, the mystical civilization of Arkadia was one of the most advanced places on Earth, until the end of the world came and forced the land and it's people underground. After that ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
Jeanine Forney ...
 Arkana (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Chris Benard ...
 Bob (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Amandine Rajau ...
 Rebecca (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Louis Arbessier ...
 Shag-shag (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Marc Moro ...
 Maxagaze (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jacques Deschamps ...
 Mattymatte, Arkshag (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Claude Dasset ...
 Seskapile, Bic (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Albert Augier ...
 Bac (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jean Négroni ...
 Narrator / ... (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
 Rebecca (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
A.J. Henderson ...
 Matt / ... (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Rob Roy ...
 Spartakus (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Howard Ryshpan ...
 Bac (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Perrette Pradier ...
 Massmédia (51 episodes, 1985-1987)
Yves-Marie Maurin ...
 Spartakus (45 episodes, 1985-1987)


Long ago, the mystical civilization of Arkadia was one of the most advanced places on Earth, until the end of the world came and forced the land and it's people underground. After that great cataclysm, the Arkadians lived deep in the center of the Earth and created an artificial sun called the Shagma (Tiera in the American version). But one fateful day years later, the Shagma began to fade out. In a desperate act, the Children of this unusual civilization and their ship with a mind of it's own broke into to the secret museum, which was considered forbidden, except for the creatures who are in charge of it. Written by Chibi Riza

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11 September 1986 (USA)  »

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[repeated line]
Bic and Bac: Aaaah, c'est shagmique!
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Crazy Credits

The ending credits of the French language version has Shag-Shag coming out of a dark portal, followed by some conceptual art of every character(s) by Nina Wolmark. In various international prints, it just shows some footage of the six main characters from various episodes. Also the show's theme song plays during the credits. See more »


Referenced in Fainaru fantajî V (1992) See more »


Le Flashbic
(Ending song Season 2)
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Lyrics by Nina Wolmark & Roger Dumas
Performed by Les Mini-Star
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eerie and unforgettable
10 May 2012 | by See all my reviews

French speakers will be pleased to watch the original version of these two seasons again, because cartoon series are not what they used to be ! The language used in the dialogue is brilliant, literary yet not pompous; so, parents who want their children to learn correct French should make them watch such series instead of today's superficial material.

And despite the very basic effects (it does look old, with faded colors and glitches), the atmosphere here is just lovely ! Every tableau, every place these guys visit aboard Shashag is eerie and beautifully made.

And to avoid taking itself too seriously (the main synopsis isn't exactly a walk on the beach), there are comic relief characters, like Bik and Bak, and those pirates with 80's rockers haircuts ! So cool !

The main theme is haunting and the other songs, even though they're repeated in almost every episode, are always fun to watch.

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